The Claudia Quintet

(US)

contemporary jazz with classical & world music influence

This American band, led by drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, has been described as “eclectic post-jazz”. Perhaps that’s accurate, as the packet that sounds simultaneously light and intense includes jazz improvisation, chamber and modern classical elements, thematic and serial concepts รก la Terry Riley and Steve Reich, some world music influences, and a warm sense of humour that bubbles underneath it all.

Having worked with Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer and Meredith Monk, to name a few, Hollenbeck started the Claudia Quintet at the start of the millennium after his mighty Refuseniks trio folded. He named the band after a young woman, who promised in a lengthy monologue to follow the Refuseniks everywhere and then never showed up.

The Claudia Quintet has done four fine albums. The sound varies from playful through cerebral to bitter sweetly emotional and gets its unique colour from the fact that its three main solo instruments – vibraphone, accordion and clarinet – are seldom, if ever, heard side by side in the same band.

Lineup

Name
Instrument
Dunn Trevor
bass
Hollenbeck John
drums
Moran Matt
vibes
Reichman Ted
acc.
Speed Chris
sax.cl

Performances in 2010

Date
Time
Venue
23.07.2010
21.00
Ultra Music Nights